Google has the best company reputation in the country after beating out Berkshire Hathaway for the No. 1 spot, a Harris Interactive poll reported Monday.
The tech titan ranked No. 1 in the 2011 Harris Interactive RQ Study, which measures the reputations of 60 of the "most visible companies" in the nation. The public perception of Google is a favorable one, with many citing the search engine's vision and leadership, workplace environment, social responsibility and products as reason for its high marks.
"We have always believed that if we focus on making the best products for our users all else will follow," said Gary Briggs, vice president of consumer marketing for Google. "We're honored to be recognized in this ranking and we will continue to put our users first."
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Google was not the only Silicon Valley company who made the Top Ten. Apple also ranked No. 5.
The Top Ten ranking companies, according to the Harris Interactive poll:
- Johnson & Johnson
- 3M Company
- Berkshire Hathaway
- Intel Corporation
- Kraft Foods
- General Mills
- The Walt Disney Company.
(Not surprisingly, the companies who ranked lowest were those embroiled in some public scandal, such as No. 58 Goldman Sachs, No. 59 BP and No. 60 AIG.)
So, while Wall Street doesn't like Google or CEO Larry Page, apparently Main Street does.